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An article by Robert Berke in oilprice.com, which describes itself as “The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News,” illustrates how interest groups control outcomes by how they shape policy choices.

Berke’s article reveals how the US intends to maintain and extend its hegemony by breaking up the alliance between Russia, Iran, and China, and by oil privatizations that result in countries losing control over their sovereignty to private oil companies that work closely with the US government. As Trump has neutered his presidency by gratuitously accepting Gen. Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor, this scheme is likely to be Trump’s approach to “better relations” with Russia.

Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China. Should Putin fall for such a scheme, it would be a fatal strategic blunder from which Russia could not recover. Yet, Putin will be pressured to make this blunder.

One pressure on Putin comes from the Atlanticist Integrationists who have a material stake in their connections to the West and who want Russia to be integrated into the Western world. Another pressure comes from the affront that sanctions represent to Russians. Removing this insult has become important to Russians even though the sanctions do Russia no material harm.

We agree with President Putin that the sanctions are in fact a benefit to Russia as they have moved Russia in self-sufficient directions and toward developing relationships with China and Asia. Moreover, the West with its hegemonic impulses uses economic relationships for control purposes. Trade with China and Asia does not pose the same threat to Russian independence.

Berke says that part of the deal being offered to Putin is “increased access to the huge European energy market, restored western financial credit, access to Western technology, and a seat at the global decision-making table, all of which Russia badly needs and wants.” Sweetening the honey trap is official recognization of “Crimea as part of Russia.”

Russia might want all of this, but it is nonsense that Russia needs any of it.

Crimea is part of Russia, as it has been for 300 years, and no one can do anything about it. What would it mean if Mexico did not recognize that Texas and California were part of the US? Nothing.

Europe has scant alternatives to Russian energy.

Russia does not need Western technology. Indeed, its military technology is superior to that in the West.

And Russia most certainly does not need Western loans. Indeed, it would be an act of insanity to accept them.

It is a self-serving Western myth that Russia needs foreign loans. This myth is enshrined in neoliberal economics, which is a device for Western exploitation and control of other countries. Russia’s most dangerous threat is the country’s neoliberal economists.

The Russian central bank has convinced the Russian government that it would be inflationary to finance Russian development projects with the issuance of central bank credit. Foreign loans are essential, claims the central bank.

Someone needs to teach the Russian central bank basic economics before Russia is turned into another Western vassal. Here is the lesson: When central bank credit is used to finance development projects, the supply of rubles increases but so does output from the projects. Thus, goods and services rise with the supply of rubles. When Russia borrows foreign currencies from abroad, the money supply also increases, but so does the foreign debt. Russia does not spend the foreign currencies on the project but puts them into its foreign exchange reserves. The central bank issues the same amount of rubles to pay the project’s bills as it would in the absence of the foreign loan. All the foreign loan does is to present Russia with an interest payment to a foreign creditor.

Foreign capital is not important to countries such as Russia and China. Both countries are perfectly capable of financing their own development. Indeed, China is the world’s largest creditor nation. Foreign loans are only important to countries that lack the internal resources for development and have to purchase the business know-how, techlology, and resources abroad with foreign currencies that their exports are insufficient to bring in.

This is not the case with Russia, which has large endowments of resources and a trade surplus. China’s development was given a boost by US corporations that moved their production for the US market offshore in order to pocket the difference in labor and regulatory costs.

Neoliberals argue that Russia needs privatization in order to cover its budget deficit. Russia’s government debt is only 17 percent of Russian GDP. According to official measures, US federal debt is 104 percent of GDP, 6.1 times higher than in Russia. If US federal debt is measured in real corrected terms, US federal debt is 185 percent of US GDP.http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/08/deteriorating-economic-outlook/

Clearly, if the massive debt of the US government is not a problem, the tiny debt of Russia is not a problem.

Berke’s article is part of the effort to scam Russia by convincing the Russian government that its prosperity depends on unfavorable deals with the West. As Russia’s neoliberal economists believe this, the scam has a chance of success.

Another delusion affecting the Russian government is the belief that privatization brings in capital. This delusion caused the Russian government to turn over 20 percent of its oil company to foreign ownership. The only thing Russia achieved by this strategic blunder was to deliver 20 percent of its oil profits into foreign hands. For a one-time payment, Russia gave away 20 percent of its oil profits in perpetuity.

To repeat outselves, the greatest threat that Russia faces is not sanctions but the incompetence of its neoliberal economists who have been throughly brainwashed to serve US interests.

(Reprinted from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Another one of Paul Craig Roberts’ great articles… Sadly, judging from the grave errors that they have been making, it doesn’t seem likely that the weak, pusillanimous, inferiority complex-laden Putin government will be able to appreciate or follow the commonsense logic presented in this article.

    • Replies: @Ace
    That is a very strange characterization of Mr. Putin's government.

    The US and our toad "coalition" partners don't dare establish a "no fly" zone in Syria because of the "pusillanimous" Putin.
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  2. When Russia borrows foreign currencies from abroad, the money supply also increases, but so does the foreign debt. Russia does not spend the foreign currencies on the project but puts them into its foreign exchange reserves. The central bank issues the same amount of rubles to pay the project’s bills as it would in the absence of the foreign loan. All the foreign loan does is to present Russia with an interest payment to a foreign creditor.

    Yes, correct. But this is an IMF rule, and Russia is an IMF member. To control its monetary policy it would have to get out.

  3. Another pressure comes from the affront that sanctions represent to Russians. Removing this insult has become important to Russians even though the sanctions do Russia no material harm.

    Oh dear, neolibs at their “finest”!

    This “theory” is simply not true. If anything, Russians don’t want the sanctions to be lifted, because this will also force us to scrap our counter-sanctions against the EU. The agro-business in Russia had been expanding by leaps and bounds for the last two years. This persistent myth that “the Russians” (who exactly, I wonder – 2-3% of the pro-Western urbanites in Moscow and St. Pete?) are desperate to have the sanctons lifted is a self-deception of the West, who IS desparate of the fact that the sanctions didn’t work.

    Russia’s most dangerous threat is the country’s neoliberal economists.

    Yes! Ulyukayev is, probably, feeling lonely in his prison. I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up? ;)

    • Replies: @SmoothieX12

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?
     
    Most of Russia's economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be "re-educated" near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn't take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.
  4. Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China.

    Kissinger, like Dick Cheney or George Soros, will probably never be completely dead.

    • Agree: SmoothieX12
    • Replies: @SmoothieX12
    LOL! True. You forgot McCain, though.
    , @Bobzilla

    Kissinger, like Dick Cheney or George Soros, will probably never be completely dead
     
    .

    Most likely the Spirit of Anti-Christ keeping them alive to do his bidding.
  5. @WorkingClass

    Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China.
     
    Kissinger, like Dick Cheney or George Soros, will probably never be completely dead.

    LOL! True. You forgot McCain, though.

  6. @Lyttenburgh

    Another pressure comes from the affront that sanctions represent to Russians. Removing this insult has become important to Russians even though the sanctions do Russia no material harm.
     
    Oh dear, neolibs at their "finest"!

    This "theory" is simply not true. If anything, Russians don't want the sanctions to be lifted, because this will also force us to scrap our counter-sanctions against the EU. The agro-business in Russia had been expanding by leaps and bounds for the last two years. This persistent myth that "the Russians" (who exactly, I wonder - 2-3% of the pro-Western urbanites in Moscow and St. Pete?) are desperate to have the sanctons lifted is a self-deception of the West, who IS desparate of the fact that the sanctions didn't work.

    Russia’s most dangerous threat is the country’s neoliberal economists.
     
    Yes! Ulyukayev is, probably, feeling lonely in his prison. I say - why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up? ;)

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be “re-educated” near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn’t take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.

    • Replies: @Lyttenburgh

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be “re-educated” near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad.
     
    Norilsk is also said to be most hospitable this time of the year [nod, nod]
    , @Seamus Padraig
    I'm generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn't done this already.
    , @Che Guava
    Gaidar

    On thd facetious note (and I was following Russian politics closely enough at the time to recall his name from then)

    ... but I cannot help amusement at how close the name is to the neologism, 'gaydar'. I know it is not the same sound, but he deserves all the ridicule in the world.

    Gaidar's gaydar!
    , @Boris N

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures,
     
    Funny. Who, do you think, is going to do this? There is no one above Putin. But he is the one who must be purged in the first place.
  7. A silver-lining to this.

    If the US continues to antagonize Russia, Russia will have to grow even more independent, nationalist, and sovereign.

    At any rate, this issue cannot be addressed until we face that the fact that globalism is essentially Jewish Supremacism that fears gentile nationalism as a barrier to its penetration and domination.

    This is not a US vs Russia issue. The real conflict is Jewish Globalism vs Russian nationalism and American nationalism. But since Jews control the media, they’ve spread the impression that it’s about US vs Russia.

    Same thing with this crap about ‘white privilege’. It is a misleading concept to fool Americans into thinking that the main conflict is between ‘privileged whites’ and ‘people of color’. It is really to hide the fact that Jewish power and privilege really rules the US. It is a means to hoodwink people from noticing that the real divide is between Jews and Gentiles, not between ‘privileged whites’ and ‘non-white victims’. After all, too many whites lack privilege, and too many non-whites do very well in America.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    On the power and privilege that really rule the US:
    "Sanctions – economic sanctions, as most of them are, can only stand and ‘succeed’, as long as countries, who oppose Washington’s dictate remain bound into the western, dollar-based, fraudulent monetary scheme. The system is entirely privatized by a small Zionist-led elite. FED, Wall Street, Bank for International Settlement (BIS), are all private institutions, largely controlled by the Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan et al clans. They are also supported by the Breton Woods Organizations, IMF and World Bank, conveniently created under the Charter of the UN.
    Few progressive economists understand how this debt-based pyramid scam is manipulating the entire western economic system. When in a just world, it should be just the contrary, the economy that shapes, designs and decides the functioning of the monetary system and policy.
    Even Russia, with Atlantists still largely commanding the central bank and much of the financial system, isn’t fully detached from the dollar dominion – yet."
    http://thesaker.is/venezuela-washingtons-latest-defamation-to-bring-nato-to-south-america/
  8. @SmoothieX12

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?
     
    Most of Russia's economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be "re-educated" near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn't take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be “re-educated” near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad.

    Norilsk is also said to be most hospitable this time of the year [nod, nod]

  9. @SmoothieX12

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?
     
    Most of Russia's economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be "re-educated" near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn't take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.

    I’m generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this already.

    • Replies: @SmoothieX12

    I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this already.
     
    Partially, because Putin himself is an economic liberal and, to a degree, monetarist, albeit less rigid than his economic block. The good choices he made often were opposite to his views. As he himself admitted that Russia's geopolitical vector changed with NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia--a strengthening of Russia has become an imperative. This comeback was impossible within the largely "Western" monetarist economic model. Russia's comeback happened not thanks but despite Putin's economic views, Putin adjusted his views in the process, his economic block didn't. But many of them still remain his friends, despite the fact that many of them are de facto fifth column and work against Russia, intentionally and other wise. Eventually Putin will be forced to get down from his fence and take the position of industrialists and siloviki. Putin's present for Medvedev's birthday was a good hint on where he is standing economically today and I am beginning to like that but still--I personally am not convinced yet. We'll see. In many respects Putin was lucky and specifically because of the namely Soviet military and industry captains still being around--people who, unlike Putin, knew exactly what constituted Russia's strength. Enough to mention late Evgeny Primakov. Let's not forget that despite Putin's meteoric rise through the top levels of Russia's state bureaucracy, including his tenure as a Director of FSB, Putin's background is not really military-industrial. He is a lawyer, even if uniformed (KGB) part of his career. I know for a fact that initially (early 2000s) he was overwhelmed with the complexity of Russia's military and industry. Enough to mention his creature Serdyukov who almost destroyed Command and Control structure of Russia's Armed Forces and main ideologue behind Russia's military "reform", late Vitaly Shlykov who might have been a great GRU spy (and economist by trade) but who never served a day in combat units. Thankfully, the "reforms" have been stopped and Russian Armed Forces are still dealing with the consequences. This whole clusterfvck was of Putin's own creation--hardly a good record on his resume. Hopefully, he learned.
    , @Vlad
    He has not done it already because he just cannot let go of his dream to have it as he did in 2003, when Russia Germany and France together blocked legality of US war in Iraq. Putin still hopes for a good working relationship with major West European powers. Italy France and even Germany. He still hopes to draw them away from the US. However the obvious gains from Import substitution campaign make it apparent that Russia does benefit from sanctions, that Russia can get anything it wants in technology from the East rather than the West. So the break with Western orientation is in the making. Hopefully.
    , @Sergey Krieger
    I would really love to like Putin and I am trying but him protecting all those criminals and not reversing the history greatest heist of 90's makes it impossible. While I am behind all his moves to restore Russian military and foreign policy, I am still waiting for more on home front. Note, not only the Bank must be nationalized. Everything, all industries, factories and other assets privatized by now must be returned to rightful owner. Public which over 70 years through great sacrifice built all of it.
    , @Boris N

    It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank.
     
    And the "neoliberals" were appointed by Putin, weren't they? Or was that done by somebody else?
  10. Does PCR really think that Putin is stupid enough to fall for Kissinger’s hair-brained scheme? I mean, give Putin a little bit of credit. He has so far completely outmaneuvered Washington on virtually ever subject. I’m sure he’s clever enough to see through such a crude divide-and-rule strategy.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    You're right. Putin has outwitted and outmaneuvered the Americans at every turn. Yet Dr Roberts articles over the years tend to treat him as some simple-minded Russian yokel, surrounded by predatory Atlanticists, who is teetering on the brink of making some disastrous policy error. The remedy is, of course, to follow Dr Roberts' advice.
    Now we know Vladimir Vladimirovich gave you honorary Russian citizenship, Dr Roberts, but that doesn't mean he needs your advice or is following it. Please give us a more nuanced view of President Putin, if you can.
    , @Astuteobservor II
    well it depends. if putin is just out for himself, I can see him getting in bed with kissinger and co. if he is about russia, he would not. that is how I see it. it isn't about if putin is smart or stupid. just a choice and where his royalty lies.
  11. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    The Russians can’t be flummoxed, they aren’t children. Russia and China border each other so they have a natural mutual interest in having their east-west areas be stable and safe, particularly when the US threatens both of them. This geography isn’t going to change. Abandoning clients such as Syria and Iran would irreversibly damage the Russian brand as being unreliable therefore they’d find it impossible to attract any others in the future. They know this so it’s unlikely they would be so rash as to snap at any bait dangled in front of them. And, as pointed out, the bait really isn’t all that irresistible. It’s always best to negotiate from a position of strength and they realize that. American policy deep thinkers are often fantasists who bank upon their chess opponents making hoped-for predictable moves. That doesn’t happen in real life.

  12. @Seamus Padraig
    I'm generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn't done this already.

    I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this already.

    Partially, because Putin himself is an economic liberal and, to a degree, monetarist, albeit less rigid than his economic block. The good choices he made often were opposite to his views. As he himself admitted that Russia’s geopolitical vector changed with NATO’s aggression against Yugoslavia–a strengthening of Russia has become an imperative. This comeback was impossible within the largely “Western” monetarist economic model. Russia’s comeback happened not thanks but despite Putin’s economic views, Putin adjusted his views in the process, his economic block didn’t. But many of them still remain his friends, despite the fact that many of them are de facto fifth column and work against Russia, intentionally and other wise. Eventually Putin will be forced to get down from his fence and take the position of industrialists and siloviki. Putin’s present for Medvedev’s birthday was a good hint on where he is standing economically today and I am beginning to like that but still–I personally am not convinced yet. We’ll see. In many respects Putin was lucky and specifically because of the namely Soviet military and industry captains still being around–people who, unlike Putin, knew exactly what constituted Russia’s strength. Enough to mention late Evgeny Primakov. Let’s not forget that despite Putin’s meteoric rise through the top levels of Russia’s state bureaucracy, including his tenure as a Director of FSB, Putin’s background is not really military-industrial. He is a lawyer, even if uniformed (KGB) part of his career. I know for a fact that initially (early 2000s) he was overwhelmed with the complexity of Russia’s military and industry. Enough to mention his creature Serdyukov who almost destroyed Command and Control structure of Russia’s Armed Forces and main ideologue behind Russia’s military “reform”, late Vitaly Shlykov who might have been a great GRU spy (and economist by trade) but who never served a day in combat units. Thankfully, the “reforms” have been stopped and Russian Armed Forces are still dealing with the consequences. This whole clusterfvck was of Putin’s own creation–hardly a good record on his resume. Hopefully, he learned.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    Smoothie, you seem to have natural aversion towards lawyers :)
    Albeit, the first Vladimir, I mean Lenin also was a lawyers by education still he was a rather quick study. Remember that military communism and Lenin after one year after Bolsheviks took power telling that state capitalism would be great step forward for Russia whcih obviously was backward and ruined by wars at the time and he proceeded with New Economic Policy and Lenin despite not being industry captain realized pretty well what constituted state power hence GOELRO plans and electrification of all Russia plans and so forth which was later turned by Stalin and his team into reality.
    Now, Lenin was ideologically motivated and so is Putin. But he clearly has been trying to achieve different results by keeping same people around him and doing same things. Hopefully it is changing now, but it is so much wasted time when old Vladimir was always repeating that time is of essence and delay is like death knell. Putin imho is away too relax and even vain in some way, hence those shirtless pictures and those on the bike. And the way he walks a la "Я Московский озорной гуляка". As you said it looks like he is protecting those criminals who must be prosecuted and yes, many executed for what they caused.
    I suspect in cases when it comes to economical development he is not picking right people for those jobs and it is his major responsibility to assign right people and delegate power properly, not to be forgotten to reverse what constitutes the history greatest heist and crime so called "privatization". Basically returning to more communal society minus Politburo.
    There is a huge elephant in the room too. Russia demographic situation which I doubt can be addressed under current liberal order. all states which are in liberal state of affairs fail to basically procreate hence these waves of immigrants brought into all Western Nations. Russia cannot do it. It would be suicide which is what all Western countries are doing right now.
  13. @Seamus Padraig
    I'm generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn't done this already.

    He has not done it already because he just cannot let go of his dream to have it as he did in 2003, when Russia Germany and France together blocked legality of US war in Iraq. Putin still hopes for a good working relationship with major West European powers. Italy France and even Germany. He still hopes to draw them away from the US. However the obvious gains from Import substitution campaign make it apparent that Russia does benefit from sanctions, that Russia can get anything it wants in technology from the East rather than the West. So the break with Western orientation is in the making. Hopefully.

  14. @Parbes
    Another one of Paul Craig Roberts' great articles... Sadly, judging from the grave errors that they have been making, it doesn't seem likely that the weak, pusillanimous, inferiority complex-laden Putin government will be able to appreciate or follow the commonsense logic presented in this article.

    That is a very strange characterization of Mr. Putin’s government.

    The US and our toad “coalition” partners don’t dare establish a “no fly” zone in Syria because of the “pusillanimous” Putin.

    • Replies: @Parbes
    The war in Syria could've been over (or almost over) long ago, if it wasn't for Putin's pusillanimity in forcing a halt to offensive military operations and calling idiotic ceasefires (in effect, breathers for the enemy which soon turned into "we-cease-they-fire"s) whenever the Syrian-Russian forces came close to smashing and wiping out the jihadis.
  15. How come, will have to retract on “anything in the public communication domain is a lie”, concise, true expose.

  16. @Seamus Padraig
    Does PCR really think that Putin is stupid enough to fall for Kissinger's hair-brained scheme? I mean, give Putin a little bit of credit. He has so far completely outmaneuvered Washington on virtually ever subject. I'm sure he's clever enough to see through such a crude divide-and-rule strategy.

    You’re right. Putin has outwitted and outmaneuvered the Americans at every turn. Yet Dr Roberts articles over the years tend to treat him as some simple-minded Russian yokel, surrounded by predatory Atlanticists, who is teetering on the brink of making some disastrous policy error. The remedy is, of course, to follow Dr Roberts’ advice.
    Now we know Vladimir Vladimirovich gave you honorary Russian citizenship, Dr Roberts, but that doesn’t mean he needs your advice or is following it. Please give us a more nuanced view of President Putin, if you can.

  17. @Ace
    That is a very strange characterization of Mr. Putin's government.

    The US and our toad "coalition" partners don't dare establish a "no fly" zone in Syria because of the "pusillanimous" Putin.

    The war in Syria could’ve been over (or almost over) long ago, if it wasn’t for Putin’s pusillanimity in forcing a halt to offensive military operations and calling idiotic ceasefires (in effect, breathers for the enemy which soon turned into “we-cease-they-fire”s) whenever the Syrian-Russian forces came close to smashing and wiping out the jihadis.

  18. You forgot to mention the “moderate” jihadis, including the operatives from NATO, Israel, and US. (It seems that the Ukrainian “patriots” that have been bombing the civilians in East Ukraine, also include special “patriots” from the same unholy trinity: https://www.roguemoney.net/stories/2016/12/6/there-are-troops-jack-us-army-donbass). There has been also a certain asymmetry in means: look at the map for the number and location of the US/NATO military bases. At least we can see that RF has been trying to avoid the hot phase of WWIII. http://russia-insider.com/sites/insider/files/NATO-vs-Russia640.jpg

  19. @Priss Factor
    A silver-lining to this.

    If the US continues to antagonize Russia, Russia will have to grow even more independent, nationalist, and sovereign.

    At any rate, this issue cannot be addressed until we face that the fact that globalism is essentially Jewish Supremacism that fears gentile nationalism as a barrier to its penetration and domination.

    This is not a US vs Russia issue. The real conflict is Jewish Globalism vs Russian nationalism and American nationalism. But since Jews control the media, they've spread the impression that it's about US vs Russia.

    Same thing with this crap about 'white privilege'. It is a misleading concept to fool Americans into thinking that the main conflict is between 'privileged whites' and 'people of color'. It is really to hide the fact that Jewish power and privilege really rules the US. It is a means to hoodwink people from noticing that the real divide is between Jews and Gentiles, not between 'privileged whites' and 'non-white victims'. After all, too many whites lack privilege, and too many non-whites do very well in America.

    On the power and privilege that really rule the US:
    “Sanctions – economic sanctions, as most of them are, can only stand and ‘succeed’, as long as countries, who oppose Washington’s dictate remain bound into the western, dollar-based, fraudulent monetary scheme. The system is entirely privatized by a small Zionist-led elite. FED, Wall Street, Bank for International Settlement (BIS), are all private institutions, largely controlled by the Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan et al clans. They are also supported by the Breton Woods Organizations, IMF and World Bank, conveniently created under the Charter of the UN.
    Few progressive economists understand how this debt-based pyramid scam is manipulating the entire western economic system. When in a just world, it should be just the contrary, the economy that shapes, designs and decides the functioning of the monetary system and policy.
    Even Russia, with Atlantists still largely commanding the central bank and much of the financial system, isn’t fully detached from the dollar dominion – yet.”

    http://thesaker.is/venezuela-washingtons-latest-defamation-to-bring-nato-to-south-america/

    • Replies: @Cicatrizatic
    Anthony Migchels ( https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/ ), a Dutch currency reformer, is one of the very few analysts out there that understands (1) how our monetary and banking system works, and (2) that it is Jewish owned and created.
  20. @SmoothieX12

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?
     
    Most of Russia's economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be "re-educated" near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn't take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.

    Gaidar

    On thd facetious note (and I was following Russian politics closely enough at the time to recall his name from then)

    … but I cannot help amusement at how close the name is to the neologism, ‘gaydar’. I know it is not the same sound, but he deserves all the ridicule in the world.

    Gaidar’s gaydar!

  21. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this (nationalize the “central bank) already”.

    I read about a rumor a few years ago that Putin has been warned that nationalizing the now private Russian central bank will bring absolutely dire consequences to both him and Russia. It is simply a step he cannot take.

    How dire are the potential consequences? Consider that the refusal of the American government to reauthorize the private central bank in the US brought about the War of 1812. The Americans learned their lesson and quickly reauthorized the private bank after the war had ended.

    Numerous attempts were made to assassinate President Andrew Jacksons specifically because of his refusal to reauthorize the private central bank.

    JFK anyone?

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig

    Consider that the refusal of the American government to reauthorize the private central bank in the US brought about the War of 1812.
     
    That's a new one on me. Did the Brits control our first central bank (1791-1811) or something?
  22. DECEMBER 25, 2015 NATO: SEEKING RUSSIA’S DESTRUCTION SINCE 1949

    In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. president George H. W. Bush through his secretary of state James Baker promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Soviet cooperation on German reunification, the Cold War era NATO alliance would not expand “one inch” eastwards towards Russia.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/25/nato-seeking-russias-destruction-since-1949/

    Nov 29, 2016 The Map That Shows Why Russia Fears War With USA

  23. @Anon
    "I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this (nationalize the "central bank) already".

    I read about a rumor a few years ago that Putin has been warned that nationalizing the now private Russian central bank will bring absolutely dire consequences to both him and Russia. It is simply a step he cannot take.

    How dire are the potential consequences? Consider that the refusal of the American government to reauthorize the private central bank in the US brought about the War of 1812. The Americans learned their lesson and quickly reauthorized the private bank after the war had ended.

    Numerous attempts were made to assassinate President Andrew Jacksons specifically because of his refusal to reauthorize the private central bank.

    JFK anyone?

    Consider that the refusal of the American government to reauthorize the private central bank in the US brought about the War of 1812.

    That’s a new one on me. Did the Brits control our first central bank (1791-1811) or something?

  24. Trump has not been neutered. Buchanan has the right on this and Flynn’s actions.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine. Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves. Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    Roberts is the next best thing to insane.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    This is rich from a Ukrainian nationalist ruled by Groysman/Kagans.
    First, figure out who is your saint, a collaborationist Bandera (Babiy Yar and such) or a triple-sitizenship Kolomojski (auto-da-fe of civilians in Odessa). If you still want to bring Holodomor to a discussion, then you need to be reminded that 80% of Ukrainian Cheka at that time were Jewish. If you still think that Russians are the root of all evil, then try to ask the US for more money for pensions, education, and healthcare - instead of weaponry. Here are the glorious results of the US-approved governance from Kiev: http://gnnliberia.com/2017/02/17/liberia-ahead-ukraine-index-economic-freedom-2017/ "Liberia, Chad, Afghanistan, Sudan and Angola are ahead of Ukraine. All these countries are in the group of repressed economies (49.9-40 scores). Ukraine’s economy has contracted deeply and remains very fragile."

    Here are your relationships with your neighbors on the other side - Poland and Romania:
    "The right-winged conservative orientation of Warsaw makes it remember old Polish-Ukrainian arguments and scores, and claim its rights on the historically Polish lands of Western Ukraine" http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/17/poland-will-begin-dividing-ukraine/
    "...the “Assembly of Bukovina Romanians” has recently applied to Petro Poroshenko demanding a territorial autonomy to the Chernivtsi region densely populated by Romanians. The “Assembly” motivated its demand with the Ukrainian president’s abovementioned statement urging territorial autonomy for the Crimean Tatars." https://eadaily.com/en/news/2016/06/30/what-is-behind-romanias-activity-in-ukraine
    And please read some history books about Crimea. Or at least Wikipedia:
    "In 1783, Crimea was annexed by the Russian Empire. In 1954, the Crimean Oblast was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by Nikita Khrushchev (a Soviet dictator). In 2014, a 96.77 percent of Crimeans voted for integration of the region into the Russian Federation with an 83.1 percent voter turnout." You see, the Crimeans do not like Nuland-Kagan and Pravyj Sector. Do you know why?

    , @Lyttenburgh

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine.
     
    How so? #Krymnash

    Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves.
     
    If by "decline" you mean "expects this year a modest growth as opposed to previous years" then you might be right.

    I've been reading about Russia's imminent collapse and the annihilation of the economy since... forever. Some no-names like you (or some Big Names with agenda) had been predicting it every year. Still didn't happen.


    Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.
     
    Can I see a source for that?

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.
     
    False equivalence.

    P.S. Hey, Quart - how is Bezviz? Also - are you not cold here? Or are you one of the most racally pure Ukrs, currently residing in Ontario province (Canada), from whence you teach your less lucky raguls in Nizalezhnaya how to be more racially pure? Well, SUGS to be you!

    , @bluedog
    Do you have any links to verify this that Russia is down to bedrock,from everything I read and have read Russia's do pretty damn good, or is this just some more of your endless antiRussian propaganda,,
    , @Max Havelaar
    Do you have any economic degree or are you a shouter?
  25. Here it is in audio form so you can just relax and just listen at your leisure.

    *ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS* By Michael Rivero

    I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

  26. […] Soviet Debt by the End of 2017. 14. The Unz Review: Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson, Western Interests Aim to Flummox Russia. 16. http://www.project-syndicate.org: Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn, Ensuring […]

  27. Here is proof that there is no real Leftist power anymore.

    Voltaire once said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    If the Left really rules America, how come it is fair game to criticize, condemn, mock, and vilify Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Bakunin, Emma Goldman & anarchists, Castro, Che(even though he is revered by many, one’s career isn’t damaged by attacking him), Tito, Ceucescu, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gramsci, Eurgene Debs, Pete Seeger, Abbie Hoffman, Bill Ayers, and etc.

    You can say whatever you want about such people. Some will agree, some will disagree, but you will not be fired, blacklisted, or destroyed.

    If the Left really rules, why would this be?

    Now, what would happen if you name the Jewish Capitalists as the real holders of power?
    What would happen if you name the Jewish oligarchic corporatists who control most of media?
    What would happen if you said Jews are prominent in the vice industry of gambling?
    What would happen if you named the Jewish capitalists in music industry that made so much money by spreading garbage?
    What would happen if you said Jewish warhawks were largely responsible for the disasters in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine?
    And what would happen if you were question the MLK mythology and cult?
    What would happen if you were to make fun of homos and trannies?
    Now, keep in mind that blacks and homos are favored by Jews as their main allies.
    (Some say the US is not a pro-minority nation, but it’s still permissible to criticize, impugn, and vilify Chinese, Iranians, Muslims, Mexicans, Hindus, and etc. Trump was hard on China, Iran, Muslims, and Mexicans, and he got some flak over it but not enough to destroy him. Now, imagine what would have happened if he’d said such things about blacks, Africa, homos, Jews, and Israel? American politics isn’t necessarily pro-minority. If it is, it should favor Palestinian-Americans just as much as Jewish-Americans. Actually, since there are fewer Palestinian-Americans than Jewish-Americans, the US, being pro-minority, should favor Palestinians over Jews in America. In reality, it is AIPAC that draws all the politicians. America is about Pro-Power, and since Jews have the Power and since Jews are a minority, it creates the false impression that the US is a minority-supremacist nation. But WHICH minority? Jews would like for us think that all minorities are represented equally in the US, but do Eskimos, Hawaiians, Guatemalans, Vietnamese, and etc. have the kind of power & protection that the Jewish minority has? Do we see politicians and powerbrokers flock to such minorities for funds and favors?)

    So, what does it about the real power in America? So many ‘conservatives’ say the Left controls America. But in fact, an American can badmouth all true bonafide leftist leaders and thinkers(everyone from Lenin to Sartre). However, if an American were to badmouth Sheldon Adelson as a sick demented Zionist capitalist oligarch who wants to nuke Iran, he would be blacklisted by the most of the media. (If one must criticize Adelson, it has to be in generic terms of him a top donor to the likes of Romney. One mustn’t discuss his zealous and maniacal views rooted in Zionist-supremacism. You can criticize his money but not the mentality that determines the use of that money.) Isn’t it rather amusing how the so-called Liberals denounce the GOP for being ‘extreme’ but overlook the main reason for such extremism? It’s because the GOP relies on Zionist lunatics like Adelson who thinks Iran should be nuked to be taught a lesson. Even Liberal Media overlook this fact. Also, it’s interesting that the Liberal Media are more outraged by Trump’s peace offer to Russia than Trump’s hawkish rhetoric toward Iran. I thought Liberals were the Doves.

    We know why politics and media work like this. It’s not about ‘left’ vs ‘right’ or ‘liberal’ vs ‘conservative’. It is really about Jewish Globalist Dominance. Jews, neocon ‘right’ or globo-’left’, hate Russia because its brand of white gentile nationalism is an obstacle to Jewish supremacist domination. Now, Current Russia is nice to Jews, and Jews can make all the money they want. But that isn’t enough for Jews. Jews want total control of media, government, narrative, everything. If Jews say Russia must have homo parades and ‘gay marriage’, Russia better bend over because its saying NO means that it is defiant to the Jewish supremacist agenda of using homomania as proxy to undermine and destroy all gentile nationalism rooted in identity and moral righteousness.
    Russia doesn’t allow that, and that is what pisses off Jews. For Jews, the New Antisemitism is defined as denying them the supremacist ‘right’ to control other nations. Classic antisemitism used to mean denying Jews equal rights under the law. The New Antisemitism means Jews are denied the right to gain dominance over others and dictate terms.
    So, that is why Jews hate any idea of good relations with Russia. But Jews don’t mind Trump’s irresponsible anti-Iran rhetoric since it serves Zionist interest. So, if Trump were to say, “We shouldn’t go to war with Russia; we should be friends” and “We should get ready to bomb, destroy, and even nuke Iran”, the ‘liberal’ media would be more alarmed by the Peace-with-Russia statement. Which groups controls the media? ‘Liberals’, really? Do Muslim ‘liberals’ agree with Jewish ‘liberals’?

    Anyway, we need to do away with the fiction that Left rules anything. They don’t. We have Jewish Supremacist rule hiding behind the label of the ‘Left’. But the US is a nation where it’s totally permissible to attack real leftist ideas and leaders but suicidal if anyone dares to discuss the power of super-capitalist Jewish oligarchs. Some ‘leftism’!

    We need to discuss the power of the Glob.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    Thanks for the digest of hasbarist crap.

    Useful to have it all in one place..
    , @Anon

    Voltaire once said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
     
    No. Voltaire neither said that nor wrote that.

    Kevin Alfred Strom wrote "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?”

    Someone paraphrased him and attributed the paraphrase to Voltaire.
  28. @annamaria
    On the power and privilege that really rule the US:
    "Sanctions – economic sanctions, as most of them are, can only stand and ‘succeed’, as long as countries, who oppose Washington’s dictate remain bound into the western, dollar-based, fraudulent monetary scheme. The system is entirely privatized by a small Zionist-led elite. FED, Wall Street, Bank for International Settlement (BIS), are all private institutions, largely controlled by the Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan et al clans. They are also supported by the Breton Woods Organizations, IMF and World Bank, conveniently created under the Charter of the UN.
    Few progressive economists understand how this debt-based pyramid scam is manipulating the entire western economic system. When in a just world, it should be just the contrary, the economy that shapes, designs and decides the functioning of the monetary system and policy.
    Even Russia, with Atlantists still largely commanding the central bank and much of the financial system, isn’t fully detached from the dollar dominion – yet."
    http://thesaker.is/venezuela-washingtons-latest-defamation-to-bring-nato-to-south-america/

    Anthony Migchels ( https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/ ), a Dutch currency reformer, is one of the very few analysts out there that understands (1) how our monetary and banking system works, and (2) that it is Jewish owned and created.

  29. @Quartermaster
    Trump has not been neutered. Buchanan has the right on this and Flynn's actions.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine. Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves. Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    Roberts is the next best thing to insane.

    This is rich from a Ukrainian nationalist ruled by Groysman/Kagans.
    First, figure out who is your saint, a collaborationist Bandera (Babiy Yar and such) or a triple-sitizenship Kolomojski (auto-da-fe of civilians in Odessa). If you still want to bring Holodomor to a discussion, then you need to be reminded that 80% of Ukrainian Cheka at that time were Jewish. If you still think that Russians are the root of all evil, then try to ask the US for more money for pensions, education, and healthcare – instead of weaponry. Here are the glorious results of the US-approved governance from Kiev: http://gnnliberia.com/2017/02/17/liberia-ahead-ukraine-index-economic-freedom-2017/ “Liberia, Chad, Afghanistan, Sudan and Angola are ahead of Ukraine. All these countries are in the group of repressed economies (49.9-40 scores). Ukraine’s economy has contracted deeply and remains very fragile.”

    Here are your relationships with your neighbors on the other side – Poland and Romania:
    “The right-winged conservative orientation of Warsaw makes it remember old Polish-Ukrainian arguments and scores, and claim its rights on the historically Polish lands of Western Ukraine” http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/01/17/poland-will-begin-dividing-ukraine/
    “…the “Assembly of Bukovina Romanians” has recently applied to Petro Poroshenko demanding a territorial autonomy to the Chernivtsi region densely populated by Romanians. The “Assembly” motivated its demand with the Ukrainian president’s abovementioned statement urging territorial autonomy for the Crimean Tatars.” https://eadaily.com/en/news/2016/06/30/what-is-behind-romanias-activity-in-ukraine
    And please read some history books about Crimea. Or at least Wikipedia:
    “In 1783, Crimea was annexed by the Russian Empire. In 1954, the Crimean Oblast was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by Nikita Khrushchev (a Soviet dictator). In 2014, a 96.77 percent of Crimeans voted for integration of the region into the Russian Federation with an 83.1 percent voter turnout.” You see, the Crimeans do not like Nuland-Kagan and Pravyj Sector. Do you know why?

  30. @Seamus Padraig
    Does PCR really think that Putin is stupid enough to fall for Kissinger's hair-brained scheme? I mean, give Putin a little bit of credit. He has so far completely outmaneuvered Washington on virtually ever subject. I'm sure he's clever enough to see through such a crude divide-and-rule strategy.

    well it depends. if putin is just out for himself, I can see him getting in bed with kissinger and co. if he is about russia, he would not. that is how I see it. it isn’t about if putin is smart or stupid. just a choice and where his royalty lies.

  31. @Quartermaster
    Trump has not been neutered. Buchanan has the right on this and Flynn's actions.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine. Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves. Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    Roberts is the next best thing to insane.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine.

    How so? #Krymnash

    Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves.

    If by “decline” you mean “expects this year a modest growth as opposed to previous years” then you might be right.

    I’ve been reading about Russia’s imminent collapse and the annihilation of the economy since… forever. Some no-names like you (or some Big Names with agenda) had been predicting it every year. Still didn’t happen.

    Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    Can I see a source for that?

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    False equivalence.

    P.S. Hey, Quart – how is Bezviz? Also – are you not cold here? Or are you one of the most racally pure Ukrs, currently residing in Ontario province (Canada), from whence you teach your less lucky raguls in Nizalezhnaya how to be more racially pure? Well, SUGS to be you!

  32. @Quartermaster
    Trump has not been neutered. Buchanan has the right on this and Flynn's actions.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine. Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves. Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    Roberts is the next best thing to insane.

    Do you have any links to verify this that Russia is down to bedrock,from everything I read and have read Russia’s do pretty damn good, or is this just some more of your endless antiRussian propaganda,,

  33. The US needed huge amounts of British and French capital to develop. Russia has the same requirement otherwise it will be another Argentina.

  34. A scandal of a EU member Poland: http://thesaker.is/zmiana-piskorski-and-the-case-for-polish-liberation/
    Two days after he [Piskorski] publicly warned that US-NATO troops now have a mandate to suppress Polish dissent on the grounds of combatting “Russian hybrid war,” he was snatched up by armed agents of Poland’s Internal Security Agency while taking his children to school on May 18th, 2016. He was promptly imprisoned in Warsaw, where he remains with no formal charges to this day.”

    With the Poland’s entry into EU, “Poland did not “regain” sovereignty, much less justice, but forfeited such to the Atlanticist project… Poland has been de-industrialized, and thus deprived of the capacity to pursue independent and effective social and economic policies… Now, with the deployment of thousands of US-NATO troops, tanks, and missile systems on its soil and the Polish government’s relinquishment of jurisdiction over foreign armed forces on its territory, Poland is de facto under occupation. This occupation is not a mere taxation on Poland’s national budget – it is an undeniable liquidation of sovereignty and inevitably turns the country into a direct target and battlefield in the US’ provocative war on Russia.”

    “…it’s not the Russians who are going to occupy us now – they left here voluntarily 24 years ago. It’s not the Russians that have ravaged Polish industry since 1989. It’s not the Russians that have stifled Poles with usurious debt. Finally, it’s not the Russians that are responsible for the fact that we have become the easternmost aircraft carrier of the United States anchored in Europe. We ourselves, who failed by allowing such traitors into power, are to blame for this.”

    More from a comment section: “Donald Tusk, who is now President of the European Council, whose grandfather, Josef Tusk, served in Hitler’s Wehrmacht, has consistently demanded that the Kiev regime imposed by the US and EU deal with the Donbass people brutally, “as with terrorists”. While the Polish special services were training the future participants of the Maidan operations and the ethnic cleansing of the Donbass, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this official statement (02-02-2014): “We support the hard line taken by the Right Sector… The radical actions of the Right Sector and other militant groups of demonstrators and the use of force by protesters are justified… The Right Sector has taken full responsibility for all the acts of violence during the recent protests. This is an honest position, and we respect it. The politicians have failed at their peacekeeping function. This means that the only acceptable option is the radical actions of the Right Sector. There is no other alternative”.

    In short, the US has been the most active enabler of the neo-Nazi movement in Europe. Mrs. Clinton seemingly did not get a memo about who is “new Hitler.”

  35. Scranton calling Mssrs. Roberts and Hudson:

    Do you happen to know anything about western financial giants’ influence upon Russia’s “Atlanticist Integrationists”?

    It’s low hanging fruit for me to take a pick, but I am thinking The Goldman Sachs Group is well ensconced among Russian “Atlanticist Integrationists.”

    You guys are top seeded pros at uncovering Deep State-banker secrets. In contrast, I drive school bus and I struggle to even balance the family Wells Fargo debit card!

    However, since our US Congress has anointed a seasoned G.S.G. veteran, Steve Mnuchin, as the administration’s Treasury Secretary, he has become my favorite “Person of Interest” who I suspect spouts a Ural Mountain-level say as to how “Atlanticist Integrationists” operate.

    Speaking very respectfully, I hope my question does not get “flummoxed” into resource rich Siberia.

    Thank you very much!

  36. @WorkingClass

    Berke reports that Henry Kissinger has sold President Trump on a scheme to use the removal of Russian sanctions to pry President Putin away from the Russian alliance with Iran and China.
     
    Kissinger, like Dick Cheney or George Soros, will probably never be completely dead.

    Kissinger, like Dick Cheney or George Soros, will probably never be completely dead

    .

    Most likely the Spirit of Anti-Christ keeping them alive to do his bidding.

  37. @Priss Factor
    Here is proof that there is no real Leftist power anymore.

    Voltaire once said, "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

    If the Left really rules America, how come it is fair game to criticize, condemn, mock, and vilify Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Bakunin, Emma Goldman & anarchists, Castro, Che(even though he is revered by many, one's career isn't damaged by attacking him), Tito, Ceucescu, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gramsci, Eurgene Debs, Pete Seeger, Abbie Hoffman, Bill Ayers, and etc.

    You can say whatever you want about such people. Some will agree, some will disagree, but you will not be fired, blacklisted, or destroyed.

    If the Left really rules, why would this be?

    Now, what would happen if you name the Jewish Capitalists as the real holders of power?
    What would happen if you name the Jewish oligarchic corporatists who control most of media?
    What would happen if you said Jews are prominent in the vice industry of gambling?
    What would happen if you named the Jewish capitalists in music industry that made so much money by spreading garbage?
    What would happen if you said Jewish warhawks were largely responsible for the disasters in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine?
    And what would happen if you were question the MLK mythology and cult?
    What would happen if you were to make fun of homos and trannies?
    Now, keep in mind that blacks and homos are favored by Jews as their main allies.
    (Some say the US is not a pro-minority nation, but it's still permissible to criticize, impugn, and vilify Chinese, Iranians, Muslims, Mexicans, Hindus, and etc. Trump was hard on China, Iran, Muslims, and Mexicans, and he got some flak over it but not enough to destroy him. Now, imagine what would have happened if he'd said such things about blacks, Africa, homos, Jews, and Israel? American politics isn't necessarily pro-minority. If it is, it should favor Palestinian-Americans just as much as Jewish-Americans. Actually, since there are fewer Palestinian-Americans than Jewish-Americans, the US, being pro-minority, should favor Palestinians over Jews in America. In reality, it is AIPAC that draws all the politicians. America is about Pro-Power, and since Jews have the Power and since Jews are a minority, it creates the false impression that the US is a minority-supremacist nation. But WHICH minority? Jews would like for us think that all minorities are represented equally in the US, but do Eskimos, Hawaiians, Guatemalans, Vietnamese, and etc. have the kind of power & protection that the Jewish minority has? Do we see politicians and powerbrokers flock to such minorities for funds and favors?)

    So, what does it about the real power in America? So many 'conservatives' say the Left controls America. But in fact, an American can badmouth all true bonafide leftist leaders and thinkers(everyone from Lenin to Sartre). However, if an American were to badmouth Sheldon Adelson as a sick demented Zionist capitalist oligarch who wants to nuke Iran, he would be blacklisted by the most of the media. (If one must criticize Adelson, it has to be in generic terms of him a top donor to the likes of Romney. One mustn't discuss his zealous and maniacal views rooted in Zionist-supremacism. You can criticize his money but not the mentality that determines the use of that money.) Isn't it rather amusing how the so-called Liberals denounce the GOP for being 'extreme' but overlook the main reason for such extremism? It's because the GOP relies on Zionist lunatics like Adelson who thinks Iran should be nuked to be taught a lesson. Even Liberal Media overlook this fact. Also, it's interesting that the Liberal Media are more outraged by Trump's peace offer to Russia than Trump's hawkish rhetoric toward Iran. I thought Liberals were the Doves.

    We know why politics and media work like this. It's not about 'left' vs 'right' or 'liberal' vs 'conservative'. It is really about Jewish Globalist Dominance. Jews, neocon 'right' or globo-'left', hate Russia because its brand of white gentile nationalism is an obstacle to Jewish supremacist domination. Now, Current Russia is nice to Jews, and Jews can make all the money they want. But that isn't enough for Jews. Jews want total control of media, government, narrative, everything. If Jews say Russia must have homo parades and 'gay marriage', Russia better bend over because its saying NO means that it is defiant to the Jewish supremacist agenda of using homomania as proxy to undermine and destroy all gentile nationalism rooted in identity and moral righteousness.
    Russia doesn't allow that, and that is what pisses off Jews. For Jews, the New Antisemitism is defined as denying them the supremacist 'right' to control other nations. Classic antisemitism used to mean denying Jews equal rights under the law. The New Antisemitism means Jews are denied the right to gain dominance over others and dictate terms.
    So, that is why Jews hate any idea of good relations with Russia. But Jews don't mind Trump's irresponsible anti-Iran rhetoric since it serves Zionist interest. So, if Trump were to say, "We shouldn't go to war with Russia; we should be friends" and "We should get ready to bomb, destroy, and even nuke Iran", the 'liberal' media would be more alarmed by the Peace-with-Russia statement. Which groups controls the media? 'Liberals', really? Do Muslim 'liberals' agree with Jewish 'liberals'?

    Anyway, we need to do away with the fiction that Left rules anything. They don't. We have Jewish Supremacist rule hiding behind the label of the 'Left'. But the US is a nation where it's totally permissible to attack real leftist ideas and leaders but suicidal if anyone dares to discuss the power of super-capitalist Jewish oligarchs. Some 'leftism'!

    We need to discuss the power of the Glob.

    Thanks for the digest of hasbarist crap.

    Useful to have it all in one place..

  38. War profiteers (both of a dishonest character) have found each other: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-17/mccain-tells-europe-trump-administration-disarray http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-17/germany-issues-stark-warning-trump-stop-threatening-eu-favoring-russia
    “… Trump’s administration was in “disarray,” McCain told the Munich Security Conference, where earlier in the day Germany defense minister Ursula von der Leyen warned Trump to stop threatening the EU, abandoning Western values and seeking close ties with Russia, that the resignation of the new president’s security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington.”

    What an amazing whoring performance for the war-manufacturers! And here is an interesting morsel of information about the belligerent Frau der Leyen: http://www.dw.com/en/stanford-accuses-von-der-leyen-of-misrepresentation/a-18775432
    “Stanford university has said Ursula von der Leyen is misrepresenting her affiliation with the school. The German defense minister’s academic career is already under scrutiny after accusations of plagiarism.” No kidding. Some “Ursula von der Leyen’ values” indeed.

  39. I doubt we’ll see little change from the Trump administration toward Russia.

    From SOTT:

    Predictable news coming out of Yemen: Saudi-backed “Southern Resistance” forces and Hadi loyalists, alongside al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), launched a new offensive against the Houthis in western Yemen on Wednesday.

    This is not the first time Saudi-backed (and by extension, Washington-backed) forces have teamed up with al-Qaeda in Yemen….

    Yemen is quickly becoming the “spark that lights the powder keg”. The conflict has already killed, maimed and displaced countless thousands (thanks to the stellar lack of reporting from trustworthy western news sources, we can only estimate the scale of Saudi/U.S. crimes in Yemen), but now it seems that elements of the Trump administration are keen on escalation, likely in hopes of giving Washington an excuse to carpet bomb Tehran.

    Apparently, we feel satisfied fighting with our old allies, al-Qaeda and Saudis.

    I had hoped for much better from Trump.

  40. I think that the authors may be underestimating Putin in his determination to keep Russia and the Russian economy independent. For example, I find this rumoured offer of “increased access to the huge European energy market” very funny, for at least two reasons:
    1) US wants to sell hydrocarbons (LPG) to the European market at significantly higher prices than the Russian prices, and
    2) the current dependence of EU countries on the Russian energy would have never happened if there were better alternatives.

    In other words, any detente offer that the West would make to Russia would last, as usual, not even until the signature ink dries on the new cooperation agreements. Putin does not look to me like someone who suffers much from wishful thinking.

    The Russian relationship with China is not a bed of roses, but it is not China which is increasing military activity all around Russia, it is the West. Also, so far China has shown no interest in regime-changing Russia and dividing it into pieces. Would you rather believe in the reform capability of an addict in violence or someone who does not need to reform? Would the West self-reform and sincerely renounce violence just by signing a new agreement with Russia?

    The new faux detente will never happen, as long as Putin is alive.

  41. Trump is an ultra-zionist for Sheldon Adelson and prolongs & creates wars for the Goldman banking crimesyndicat.

    The only one stopping Trump is Putin or Russia’s missile defenses.

    Indeed, Putin’s main inside ennemy is Russia’s central bank, or the Jewish oligarchs in Russia (Atlanticists). Also Russia needs to foster and encourage small&medium enterprises, that need cheap credit, to create competitive markets, where no prices are fixed and market shares change. These are most efficient resource users.

    In the US, Wallstreet controlls government = fascism = the IG Farben- Auschwitz concentration camps to maximize profits. This is the direction for the US economy.

    Meanwhile in the EU, the former Auschwitz owners IG Farben (Bayer(Monsanto), Hoechst, BASF) the EU chemical giants, who have patented all natures molecules, are in controll again over EU. Deutsche bank et allies is eating Greece, Italy, Spain’s working classes, using AUSTERITY as their creed.

    So what is new? Nothing, the supercorporate-fascist elites are the same families, who ‘s morality is unchanged in a 100 years.

  42. @Quartermaster
    Trump has not been neutered. Buchanan has the right on this and Flynn's actions.

    Sorry, but Crimea is Ukraine. Russia is in serious economic decline and is rapidly burning through its reserves. Putin is almost down to the welfare fund from which pensions are paid, and only about a third of pensions are being paid now.

    If Sanctions are of benefit to Russia, then the sanctions against Imperial Japan were just ducky and no war was fought.

    Roberts is the next best thing to insane.

    Do you have any economic degree or are you a shouter?

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
    Quartermaster is a hack comedian with only one tool in his toolkit, that of reversal. That everything he says is true only when one understands he means the opposite of what he says does it make sense but alas, not in a way that makes for good humour. Comedic tragedy indeed!
  43. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Priss Factor
    Here is proof that there is no real Leftist power anymore.

    Voltaire once said, "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

    If the Left really rules America, how come it is fair game to criticize, condemn, mock, and vilify Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Bakunin, Emma Goldman & anarchists, Castro, Che(even though he is revered by many, one's career isn't damaged by attacking him), Tito, Ceucescu, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gramsci, Eurgene Debs, Pete Seeger, Abbie Hoffman, Bill Ayers, and etc.

    You can say whatever you want about such people. Some will agree, some will disagree, but you will not be fired, blacklisted, or destroyed.

    If the Left really rules, why would this be?

    Now, what would happen if you name the Jewish Capitalists as the real holders of power?
    What would happen if you name the Jewish oligarchic corporatists who control most of media?
    What would happen if you said Jews are prominent in the vice industry of gambling?
    What would happen if you named the Jewish capitalists in music industry that made so much money by spreading garbage?
    What would happen if you said Jewish warhawks were largely responsible for the disasters in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine?
    And what would happen if you were question the MLK mythology and cult?
    What would happen if you were to make fun of homos and trannies?
    Now, keep in mind that blacks and homos are favored by Jews as their main allies.
    (Some say the US is not a pro-minority nation, but it's still permissible to criticize, impugn, and vilify Chinese, Iranians, Muslims, Mexicans, Hindus, and etc. Trump was hard on China, Iran, Muslims, and Mexicans, and he got some flak over it but not enough to destroy him. Now, imagine what would have happened if he'd said such things about blacks, Africa, homos, Jews, and Israel? American politics isn't necessarily pro-minority. If it is, it should favor Palestinian-Americans just as much as Jewish-Americans. Actually, since there are fewer Palestinian-Americans than Jewish-Americans, the US, being pro-minority, should favor Palestinians over Jews in America. In reality, it is AIPAC that draws all the politicians. America is about Pro-Power, and since Jews have the Power and since Jews are a minority, it creates the false impression that the US is a minority-supremacist nation. But WHICH minority? Jews would like for us think that all minorities are represented equally in the US, but do Eskimos, Hawaiians, Guatemalans, Vietnamese, and etc. have the kind of power & protection that the Jewish minority has? Do we see politicians and powerbrokers flock to such minorities for funds and favors?)

    So, what does it about the real power in America? So many 'conservatives' say the Left controls America. But in fact, an American can badmouth all true bonafide leftist leaders and thinkers(everyone from Lenin to Sartre). However, if an American were to badmouth Sheldon Adelson as a sick demented Zionist capitalist oligarch who wants to nuke Iran, he would be blacklisted by the most of the media. (If one must criticize Adelson, it has to be in generic terms of him a top donor to the likes of Romney. One mustn't discuss his zealous and maniacal views rooted in Zionist-supremacism. You can criticize his money but not the mentality that determines the use of that money.) Isn't it rather amusing how the so-called Liberals denounce the GOP for being 'extreme' but overlook the main reason for such extremism? It's because the GOP relies on Zionist lunatics like Adelson who thinks Iran should be nuked to be taught a lesson. Even Liberal Media overlook this fact. Also, it's interesting that the Liberal Media are more outraged by Trump's peace offer to Russia than Trump's hawkish rhetoric toward Iran. I thought Liberals were the Doves.

    We know why politics and media work like this. It's not about 'left' vs 'right' or 'liberal' vs 'conservative'. It is really about Jewish Globalist Dominance. Jews, neocon 'right' or globo-'left', hate Russia because its brand of white gentile nationalism is an obstacle to Jewish supremacist domination. Now, Current Russia is nice to Jews, and Jews can make all the money they want. But that isn't enough for Jews. Jews want total control of media, government, narrative, everything. If Jews say Russia must have homo parades and 'gay marriage', Russia better bend over because its saying NO means that it is defiant to the Jewish supremacist agenda of using homomania as proxy to undermine and destroy all gentile nationalism rooted in identity and moral righteousness.
    Russia doesn't allow that, and that is what pisses off Jews. For Jews, the New Antisemitism is defined as denying them the supremacist 'right' to control other nations. Classic antisemitism used to mean denying Jews equal rights under the law. The New Antisemitism means Jews are denied the right to gain dominance over others and dictate terms.
    So, that is why Jews hate any idea of good relations with Russia. But Jews don't mind Trump's irresponsible anti-Iran rhetoric since it serves Zionist interest. So, if Trump were to say, "We shouldn't go to war with Russia; we should be friends" and "We should get ready to bomb, destroy, and even nuke Iran", the 'liberal' media would be more alarmed by the Peace-with-Russia statement. Which groups controls the media? 'Liberals', really? Do Muslim 'liberals' agree with Jewish 'liberals'?

    Anyway, we need to do away with the fiction that Left rules anything. They don't. We have Jewish Supremacist rule hiding behind the label of the 'Left'. But the US is a nation where it's totally permissible to attack real leftist ideas and leaders but suicidal if anyone dares to discuss the power of super-capitalist Jewish oligarchs. Some 'leftism'!

    We need to discuss the power of the Glob.

    Voltaire once said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    No. Voltaire neither said that nor wrote that.

    Kevin Alfred Strom wrote “To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?”

    Someone paraphrased him and attributed the paraphrase to Voltaire.

  44. @Max Havelaar
    Do you have any economic degree or are you a shouter?

    Quartermaster is a hack comedian with only one tool in his toolkit, that of reversal. That everything he says is true only when one understands he means the opposite of what he says does it make sense but alas, not in a way that makes for good humour. Comedic tragedy indeed!

  45. @Seamus Padraig
    I'm generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn't done this already.

    I would really love to like Putin and I am trying but him protecting all those criminals and not reversing the history greatest heist of 90′s makes it impossible. While I am behind all his moves to restore Russian military and foreign policy, I am still waiting for more on home front. Note, not only the Bank must be nationalized. Everything, all industries, factories and other assets privatized by now must be returned to rightful owner. Public which over 70 years through great sacrifice built all of it.

  46. @SmoothieX12

    I cannot fathom why he hasn’t done this already.
     
    Partially, because Putin himself is an economic liberal and, to a degree, monetarist, albeit less rigid than his economic block. The good choices he made often were opposite to his views. As he himself admitted that Russia's geopolitical vector changed with NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia--a strengthening of Russia has become an imperative. This comeback was impossible within the largely "Western" monetarist economic model. Russia's comeback happened not thanks but despite Putin's economic views, Putin adjusted his views in the process, his economic block didn't. But many of them still remain his friends, despite the fact that many of them are de facto fifth column and work against Russia, intentionally and other wise. Eventually Putin will be forced to get down from his fence and take the position of industrialists and siloviki. Putin's present for Medvedev's birthday was a good hint on where he is standing economically today and I am beginning to like that but still--I personally am not convinced yet. We'll see. In many respects Putin was lucky and specifically because of the namely Soviet military and industry captains still being around--people who, unlike Putin, knew exactly what constituted Russia's strength. Enough to mention late Evgeny Primakov. Let's not forget that despite Putin's meteoric rise through the top levels of Russia's state bureaucracy, including his tenure as a Director of FSB, Putin's background is not really military-industrial. He is a lawyer, even if uniformed (KGB) part of his career. I know for a fact that initially (early 2000s) he was overwhelmed with the complexity of Russia's military and industry. Enough to mention his creature Serdyukov who almost destroyed Command and Control structure of Russia's Armed Forces and main ideologue behind Russia's military "reform", late Vitaly Shlykov who might have been a great GRU spy (and economist by trade) but who never served a day in combat units. Thankfully, the "reforms" have been stopped and Russian Armed Forces are still dealing with the consequences. This whole clusterfvck was of Putin's own creation--hardly a good record on his resume. Hopefully, he learned.

    Smoothie, you seem to have natural aversion towards lawyers :)
    Albeit, the first Vladimir, I mean Lenin also was a lawyers by education still he was a rather quick study. Remember that military communism and Lenin after one year after Bolsheviks took power telling that state capitalism would be great step forward for Russia whcih obviously was backward and ruined by wars at the time and he proceeded with New Economic Policy and Lenin despite not being industry captain realized pretty well what constituted state power hence GOELRO plans and electrification of all Russia plans and so forth which was later turned by Stalin and his team into reality.
    Now, Lenin was ideologically motivated and so is Putin. But he clearly has been trying to achieve different results by keeping same people around him and doing same things. Hopefully it is changing now, but it is so much wasted time when old Vladimir was always repeating that time is of essence and delay is like death knell. Putin imho is away too relax and even vain in some way, hence those shirtless pictures and those on the bike. And the way he walks a la “Я Московский озорной гуляка”. As you said it looks like he is protecting those criminals who must be prosecuted and yes, many executed for what they caused.
    I suspect in cases when it comes to economical development he is not picking right people for those jobs and it is his major responsibility to assign right people and delegate power properly, not to be forgotten to reverse what constitutes the history greatest heist and crime so called “privatization”. Basically returning to more communal society minus Politburo.
    There is a huge elephant in the room too. Russia demographic situation which I doubt can be addressed under current liberal order. all states which are in liberal state of affairs fail to basically procreate hence these waves of immigrants brought into all Western Nations. Russia cannot do it. It would be suicide which is what all Western countries are doing right now.

  47. Let’s hope that Europe comes to her senses at some point: “Sweden’s Migrant Rape Epidemic”

  48. One pressure on Putin comes from the Atlanticist Integrationists who have a material stake in their connections to the West and who want Russia to be integrated into the Western world.

    Russians have such a sarcastic saying: “The Tsar is good, it is the boyars who are bad.” Or more closely to today: “Comrade Stalin did not know, that enemies had infiltrated into the Kremlin” (mocking the idea that Stalin had nothing to do with failures and atrocities of his regime).

    Or if somebody does not understand, if for the last 17 years the Kremlin has been full of “Atlanticists” and bearing in mind Putin is thought omnipotent, probably there were never any pressure and Putin is actually the leader of “Atlanticists”. Never such a simple thought come to your mind?

  49. Russia does not need Western technology. Indeed, its military technology is superior to that in the West.

    You write about Russia but have not done your homework. Russia is very dependent on Western technology and its entire high-tech industry depends on the import of Western machinery. Without such machinery many Russian factories, including military ones, would stall. Very important oil industry is particularly vulnerable.

    Some home reading (sorry, they are in Russian, but one ought to know the language if one writes about the country).

    http://www.fa.ru/fil/orel/science/Documents/ISA%2014644146.pdf

    http://rusrand.ru/analytics/stanki-stanki-stanki

  50. @SmoothieX12

    I say – why not send Chubais, Siluanov and Nabiulina to cheer him up?
     
    Most of Russia's economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures, some, indeed, have to be "re-educated" near Magadan or Tyumen, or Saransk. Too bad, two of these places are actually not too bad. Others deserved to be executed. Too bad this jackass Gaidar (actually no blood relation to Arkady whatsoever) died before he could be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide. Albeit, some say he died because of his consciousness couldn't take the burden. Looking at his swine face I, somehow, doubt it.

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures,

    Funny. Who, do you think, is going to do this? There is no one above Putin. But he is the one who must be purged in the first place.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    I wonder whom you are proposing stead of Putin? I am not his fan, but I see no other person at the moment capable of replacing him.
    , @annamaria
    You mean, purged by another wave of "Harvard (imbecile) Boys?" Or you prefer that Russians "elected" (with the help of the State dept.) another Groysman?
    One wonders, what gives you such a strong confidence in he "must be purged in the first place." - Is it Russian economy (revived from the ashes after the Boys' plunder) or Russian state debt (the lowest in Europe), or army, pensions, or the turn to peaceful resolution to Syrian conflict, or the Minsk II protocol? Judging from Putin's national rating, the Russian citizenry prefers him. Compare Putin to Bush the lesser (a deserter), Blair the Pious (war profiteer), Clinton (the Saudis' princess), Bibi (the extortionist) , Sarkozy (remember Libya), Hollande (2% national rating - why?) ... Is Putin really so bad next to this bunch?
  51. @Seamus Padraig
    I'm generally a big fan and admirer of Putin, but this is definitely one criticism of him that I have a lot of sympathy for. It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank. I cannot fathom why he hasn't done this already.

    It is long past time for Putin to purge the neoliberals from the Kremlin and nationalize the Russian Central Bank.

    And the “neoliberals” were appointed by Putin, weren’t they? Or was that done by somebody else?

  52. @Boris N

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures,
     
    Funny. Who, do you think, is going to do this? There is no one above Putin. But he is the one who must be purged in the first place.

    I wonder whom you are proposing stead of Putin? I am not his fan, but I see no other person at the moment capable of replacing him.

  53. @Boris N

    Most of Russia’s economic block has to be literally purged from their sinecures,
     
    Funny. Who, do you think, is going to do this? There is no one above Putin. But he is the one who must be purged in the first place.

    You mean, purged by another wave of “Harvard (imbecile) Boys?” Or you prefer that Russians “elected” (with the help of the State dept.) another Groysman?
    One wonders, what gives you such a strong confidence in he “must be purged in the first place.” – Is it Russian economy (revived from the ashes after the Boys’ plunder) or Russian state debt (the lowest in Europe), or army, pensions, or the turn to peaceful resolution to Syrian conflict, or the Minsk II protocol? Judging from Putin’s national rating, the Russian citizenry prefers him. Compare Putin to Bush the lesser (a deserter), Blair the Pious (war profiteer), Clinton (the Saudis’ princess), Bibi (the extortionist) , Sarkozy (remember Libya), Hollande (2% national rating – why?) … Is Putin really so bad next to this bunch?

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